2010 Starmont Chardonnay, Napa Valley
- Whole cluster pressed
- 55% stainless steel fermented; 45% barrel fermented
- 100% malolactic fermentation
9 months in French and American oak (19% new)
13.9% by volume
Drinking beautifully now; will evolve with a few years aging.
The fruit for Starmont Chardonnay is grown in our favorite cooler areas of the Napa Valley, including the Oak Knoll District and Carneros, including our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard, where the maritime influence keeps the focus on crisp, vibrant fruit. The fruit was carefully sorted and whole-cluster pressed to preserve freshness. The light oak treatment gives a round mouth feel and improved complexity, while highlighting the fruit driven focus of the wine.
Color: golden straw
Aroma: Asian pear, butter crust apple tart tatin, juicy golden pineapple, guava, Meyer Lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle, hints of toasted hazelnut
Taste: sweet focused entry opens to a fleshy, round, and bright mid-palate, notes of citrus, cream filled profiteroles with spun sugar, and a clean mineral driven finish.